Nov 4th 2022

A Panel discussion on youth incarceration, alternatives, and effects on families and communities will take place at Weinberg/Newton Gallery on November 4, 2022 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. with special guest speakers Ally Bain, Staff Attorney, ACLU of Illinois; Jakki Alexander, Assistant Superintendent of Programs, IYC Warrenville – Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice, and Emony Tate, a community organizer and youth services provider with Blocks Together, Chicago; plus Denzel Burke and Destine Phillips, co-founders of R.E.A.L Youth Initiative with lived experiences of incarceration as a juvenile.

About the exhibition

SkyART, Weinberg/Newton Gallery and Arts + Public Life present Can you see me?, a collaborative three-part exhibition exploring the impact incarceration has on young people. Across three galleries, artwork by incarcerated young people, contemporary artists, and arts-justice organizations will explore themes of ascendance, innocence and freedom. The exhibition aims to not only highlight the humanity and potential of young people affected by the juvenile justice system, but to create new aspirational possibilities for how art can be a tool of justice and healing. Extensive public programming will bring together diverse audiences and practitioners to create important dialogue and accessibility for new communities.Visitors will have the opportunity to interact with and contribute to the exhibition, and will leave with a lasting impression of humanity in place of criminality, perseverance in place of violence, and hope in place of despair.

Featured artists: Currently and formerly incarcerated youth artists in SkyART‘s Just-Us program, Jim Duignan, Kirsten Leenars w/ Circles & Ciphers, Incarcerated authors from Contextos, Children from Arte Pro, Ebony G. Patterson, Cheryl Pope, Dashawn Yarborough, Scheherazade Tillet w/ A Long Walk Home, Luvuyo Equiano Nyawose, The South Side Home Movie Project (SSHMP), Brooklyn Ryan, Jada Bovia, Shukurah Floyd, Girls Behind The Lens, Arinique Allen, Basia Brown & Spanish Brown, Andrea Coleman, Guillermo “Junior” Diaz & Crystal “Nikki” Diaz, Jenny Perez, Michael Rangel, Jennifer Torwudzo-Stroh, Ellen Tritschler

Can you see me? is curated by Devon VanHouten-Maldonado, SkyART’s Director of Programs and Kasia Houlihan, Director of Weinberg/Newton Gallery. Independent curator Rikki Byrd serves as a Curatorial Advisor for the exhibition.

● The primary Can you see me? exhibition at Weinberg/Newton Gallery (688 N. Milwaukee Ave.) will open on Oct. 14 and will remain on view until Dec. 17, 2022

● Scheherazade Tillet’s FREEDOM SPACE at Arts + Public Life (301 E Garfield Boulevard) will open on Oct. 21 and remain on view until Dec. 16, 2022

● SkyART’s (3026 S. 91st St.) installment of Can you see me? Envisioning the future at their flagship studio space in South Chicago will be on view from Oct. 28 until Dec. 17, 2022

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